Italy

AgiproNews’ Italian View – Italy backs comprehensive self-exclusion programme

Expanding industry social responsibility provisions, the Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato – AAMS, Italy’s lead regulatory body for gambling/betting services has launched it’s consumer ‘Unique Self Exclusion Registry’ (self-exclusion programme). The programme forms part of the ‘Digital Gaming Observatory’ research foundation, supervised by the Politecnico di Milano (Milan Technology University) and is further supported by Italian state financial auditor SOGEI. …

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Playtech moves into Italy with €846m Snaitech acquisition

Major industry supplier Playtech has pulled off an audacious move with an agreement to purchase Italian bookmaker Snaitech. The initial deal will see Playtech acquire 70.6% of the operator after which it will be compelled to make a mandatory takeover offer for all the remaining shares. Commenting on the transaction, Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech said: “The acquisition …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – PokerStars enhances its position in record breaking March

March 2018 has been a fruitful month for Italian online casino stakeholders, setting a new industry revenue record of €60.6 million, Italy’s highest trading figure to date. The Stars Group’s Italian PokerStars property maintains its position as top Italian online casino securing a marketplace revenue share of 9%. However, PokerStars.it is closely followed by legacy casino incumbents Lottomatica and Sisal, …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – Virtual Sports market is heating up

Italian engagement with Virtual Sports betting products is on the rise, as latest industry figures show that gross gaming revenues (GGR) have hit the €42 million. A traditional retail product, Virtual Sports has gained a positive uptake through online betting platforms, as Italian betting operators move to expand their betting content. In the first two months of 2018, bookmakers have …

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Next Chapter… Sky Bet seeks to replicate UK success abroad

A tech-savvy Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) dominated Monday’s industry headlines reporting stellar half-year results. Focusing on the in-house development of its platforms and systems, combined with rich data for greater personalisation of its website and mobile verticals, Sky Bet continues to show its technology pedigree against the industry’s legacy incumbents. City analysts are keeping a close eye on …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: Azzurri bookmakers fear no summer love

Italian bookmakers and wider industry stakeholders are making adjustments to the daunting reality that Russia 2018 will feature no Azzurri! For the first time since 1958, there will be no Italian representation at a FIFA World Cup tournament. Italy now faces a summer of soul searching for its downtrodden Calcio, as business analysts estimate a + €1billion hit for the …

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Domestic uncertainty sees Betaland look east

Despite domestic political uncertainty dominating the Italian business agenda, the governance of Betaland will push ahead with its international expansion strategy. This week, Betaland’s operating company OIA Services communicated that it had retained the services of top Italian gaming lawyer Quirino Mancini of Tonucci & Partners, who will consult the operator on entering foreign jurisdiction and its licensing procedure. Seeking new ground, …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View: All to play for in growing Italian betting market

The month of February saw significant growth within the Italian betting sector, which generated gross gaming revenues (GGR) of €124 million up a staggering 260% on February 2017 revenue figures. The market share for Italian wallets is closely contested by its licensed incumbents. February saw Group GmbH Austria’s Sks365 brand take the lead with 13% of total sector revenues, from former …

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Biggest ever Betting on Football takes on truly international agenda

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It’s Betting on Football by name, but so many of the topics to be discussed at next week’s international conference are far from exclusive to the beautiful game. Held at Stamford Bridge from 20-23 March, the #bofcon2018 agenda will combine expert analysis of this year’s football frenzy with a tour of the sports betting world and a breakdown of the …

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AgiproNews’ Italian View – New government faces same old industry dilemmas  

Whatever form the next Italian government takes following this March’s ground-breaking general election results, Italy’s new political taskmasters’ will have to revamp the country’s existing gambling framework. A coalition government, led by the legislative novices of the 5-Star Movement has a daunting task in creating a more cohesive industry framework, in-line with business provisions set out by Italy’s new ‘Stability …

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